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LatvianEdit

 zvirbulis on Latvian Wikipedia
 
Mājas zvirbuļi

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *werb-, *werp- ( +‎ -ulis; compare also vērpt (to spin)), from *wer- (to turn, to twist, to bend) (with an extra suffix -p, -b). The original meaning was a bird that turns and moves all the time. The initial z is either from an s-mobile, or the influence of some other term for this bird species (e.g., dialectal žīgurs, žvīgurs, žvingurs, apparently from the same stem as zviegt (to neigh, to whinny), q.v.). Cognates include Lithuanian žvìrblis, Old Church Slavonic врабии (vrabii), Russian воробей (vorobéj), Bulgarian врабец (vrabéts), Czech vrabec, Polish wróbel.[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

zvirbulis m (2nd declension)

  1. sparrow (a number of bird species of the order Passeriformes, genus Passer)
    mājas zvirbulishouse sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “zvirbulis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7